Melrose Center: About Eating Disorders

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What is an eating disorder?

Eating disorders are eating patterns that are harmful for your health. What starts as a simple diet or lifestyle change can easily turn into harmful habits. Even something as simple as a negative body image can ultimately lead to an eating disorder. Early intervention is the key to healing. At Melrose Center, we support you every step of the way.

Who can be affected by eating disorders?

Did you know that half of all Americans personally know someone with an eating disorder? Despite what many people think, eating disorders can affect anyone. This includes men, women, kids and people of all ages. Even athletes can have a higher risk of developing an eating disorder. You can get help and you can heal. Learn the signs of an eating disorder so you recognize if you or someone you love may be struggling.

What are eating disorder warning signs?

If you have an eating disorder, you don’t necessarily show all the warning signs. You could show one or many warning signs. Common warning signs include:

  • Eliminating food groups from everyday meals
  • Skipping whole meals
  • Filling up only on low-calorie foods, or using gum and water to feel full
  • Becoming distant from friends
  • Making excuses for not eating socially
  • Eating erratically by overeating, restrictive eating or eating fast
  • Having difficult emotions around eating
  • Eating in secret
  • Constantly talking about food, calories and weight
  • Over exercising to make up for eating

Types of eating disorders

Explore these resources and learn more about the most common eating disorders:

Could it be one of these eating disorders? Take a free assessment.

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